See, share and memorize: three words inspired by the Gospel of John that Pope Francis wished to apply to our attitude towards grandparents and the elderly, in his homily during the Mass on this first day dedicated to them, Sunday 25 July, at St. St. Peter’s Basilica. A homily read by Bishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, calling for a new alliance between generations.
On this day dedicated to grandparents and the elderly, in his homily read by Bishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Pope Francis wished to focus on three moments from the Gospel of John: Jesus who sees the hunger of Christ. rally; Jesus who shares bread. Jesus who commanded the collection of the remaining pieces. “Three moments boil down to three verbs: see, share, keep.”
There is no such thing as an unknown crowd
to see. Thus begins the miracle with the gaze of Jesus who is not indifferent or preoccupied, but feels the pangs of hunger sweeping through exhausted humanity, as the Holy Father emphasized.
In fact, we see the look of God in the eyes of Jesus: “It is the waking gaze that sees us, examines the expectations we hold in our heart, and sees the fatigue, exhaustion, and hope with which we move forward.“The Bishop of Rome developed it specifically in the eyes of God,”There is no such thing as an unknown crowd, but everyone suffers from his own hunger.” “Jesus has a contemplative look, able to stand before the life of another and read into it.».
The eyes of the ancestors are attentive and tender
And the pope should confirm that this look is the one that grandparents and old people had in our lives, “It’s how they’ve taken care of us since we were kids.” «After a life often of sacrifices, they were not indifferent or preoccupied with us without us. They had attentive eyes, full of tenderness ”, François added, recalling that we all passed the rides of our grandfathers, who carried us in their hands. “And thanks to this love, too, we have become adults.”
Grandparents are thirsty for our attention
And His Majesty the Pontiff asks: How do we see the grandparents and the elderly? When was the last time we kept company or called an elderly person to express our closeness to them and let us enjoy their words?
“I suffer when I see a society in action, busy and apathetic, engrossed in too many things and unable to stop looking, greeting, caressingHe regretted the successor of Peter.
“I am afraid of a society in which we are all an anonymous crowd and are no longer able to look for one another and get to know one another. Grandparents, who fed our lives, are hungry for us today: for our attention, for our tenderness. To feel close to you. Let us look at them, as he does Jesus is with us, The Holy Father urged, before exploring the second act, “to share”, Calling for a new alliance between generations.
Tradition treasure, freshness of the soul
«Today we need a new alliance between young and old, to share the common treasure of life, to dream together, to overcome intergenerational conflicts in order to prepare for the future of all.‘, developed the Argentine royal pontiff, warning that without this alliance of life, dreams and future,We risk dying of starvation, because broken ties, loneliness, selfishness, and destructive forces increase.”
“Young and old, treasure of tradition and freshness of spirit. Young and old together. In community and church: together”, asked the Pope, coming to do the third key.
Keep it and store it carefully
to reserve. After they ate, the Bible states that many pieces of bread remained. Jesus recommends:Collect the extra pieces, so nothing is lost»(genie 6, 12). “This is the nature of God’s heart: he not only gives us more than we need, but also takes care that nothing, not even a part of it, is lost”, Francis asserted, insisting that a small piece of bread might seem small, but in God’s eyes nothing should be rejected. “All this is another reason no one should refuse.”
It is therefore a prophetic call made by the Pope:Collect, store carefully, keep”. «Grandparents and old people are not scraps of life, waste to be disposed ofOn the contrary, affirmed the pope, it is the precious pieces of bread that remain on the table of our lives, and that still nourish us with the sweet aroma that we have lost,The pleasant smell of memory.”
Great memory for the elderly
The Supreme Pontiff wants us not to lose the memory of the elderly. “Because we are the children of this history and without roots, we will wither away.”». “They have protected us all along the path of growth, and now it is up to us to protect their lives, alleviate their difficulties, listen to their needs, and create conditions that enable them to facilitate and do everyday tasks. Don’t feel lonely”.
Let us ask ourselves, François insists concretely: “Have you visited Grandparents? For seniors in my family or in my neighborhood? Did you listen to them? Did you give them some time?».
Brothers and sisters, grandparents and the elderly are the bread that nourishes our lives. Please don’t forget them. We went to them. Let’s learn to stop, get to know them, and listen to them. Never reject them. Let’s keep them in love. And let’s learn to share time with them. We’ll get out better. And together, young and old, we are satisfied at the sharing table that God has blessed.” The Holy Father finally concluded his homily delivered by the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.
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